A Fireside Chat With Peter Cincotti
PC: There are so many good ones. A lot of my favorite standards are songs that I can't sing yet. I'm too young to sing. I try to stay away from songs that are beyond my years, but a lot of them are my favorite records or songs. I will give you an example, Fred, like 'September of My Years.' That song is so long off for someone my age, but nonetheless, I love the song. I will have to wait until I am fifty years old to sing that or 'I'll Remember April.' Those are my favorite kind of songs, but I can't sing them right now.
FJ: What are your expectations for this debut release ?
PC: I have a lot of expectations and goals. I would love as many people possible in this world to be able to hear my music. That is my dream and my goal, so whatever goes along with that, goes with that. It is not only about records. It's about performing all over the world. I would love to perform all over the world and bring music to as many people as I can.
FJ: Are you Lord of the Rings or Star Wars?
PC: Neither. I don't know if I don't like them, it is just that I haven't seen them. Everybody says, 'I can't believe you don't know Star Wars,' but I don't. I know it, but I haven't watched those movies. I might have seen clips here and there, but I am not into it.
FJ: But you are nineteen years old.
PC: I know. No, a lot of people my age are into it, but it just never appealed to me.
FJ: You peers are getting drunk and getting, well, rhymes with 'maid,' do you think you are missing out on anything?
PC: Right now, I don't. Right now, I am trading one for the other. I am traveling and performing and the last thing on my mind is partying at school. To me, this is a lot more appealing. It is a lot more fun for me. I'm working with the deans to determine the best way to handle my (educational) future. I am doing some traveling, so I have to be missing some school. Getting an education is important to me.
FJ: Did you declare a major?
PC: I didn't declare it yet. Everyone at Columbia has two years to declare it.
FJ: Well, you have the play to get plenty of nookie.
PC: (Laughing) Well, it can't hurt. I don't know. Everybody said that if I played piano I would get a lot of girls. We will see (laughing).